Memphis Belle

Production-Made Model B-17 Bombsight

Stock #34379

A model B-17 Nodern bombsight used in the production of the Second World War movie Memphis Belle. The film tells the story of the 25th flight of a B-17 bomber and her war-weary crew. She is the first plane to have survived long enough over war torn Europe to potentially achieve this feat and, as such, she garners much interest from the American Air force hierarchy.

The remarkable and acclaimed movie, loosely based on actual events, starred Matthew Modine, Sean Astin, Harry Connick JR, Billy Zane, Eric Stoltz, D.B. Sweeney and John Lithgow. A number of real B-17’s were located for filming with some of them being airworthy. With so few real planes available and with such dramatic action required, a number of model miniatures, of differing scales, were required for filming.

This bombsight was made for one of the beautifully constructed large scale versions of the B-17 aircraft used in the film, fitted as part of the aircraft’s bombardier compartment in the nose of the aircraft. These particular aircraft were used for the close-ups during the intense aerial combat sequences, where use of real aircraft was not advisable. Cast in resin, this is the upper main assembly of the Norden sight, through which a bombardier watched the target passing below, and is in an unfinished condition.

Created for the production but ultimate unused, this bomb sight remains in an overall very good production-used condition.

Item size - 2.76" x 1.97" x 1.97" (7cm x 5cm x 5cm)

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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